hmv.com reviews… The Temperance Movement @ Download Festival
Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of thousands of rock and metal fans to a field just off the M1 to watch over 100 bands is here. hmv.com will be bringing you reviews and interviews from the festival across the weekend. Our day continues with British blues rockers The Temperance Movement, let's see how they got on..
The Temperance Movement, blues rockers who include a former member of Jamiroquai in their ranks, and who put out a warmly received debut record last year (which you can preview by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page).
Download Festival, over on the festival's Zippo Encore Stage.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was well attended, but not crammed, it had the classic lazy mid-afternoon feel with lots of people sitting down, drinking and nodding their heads approvingly. Suited the band's slow-burning grooves rather well.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Superb. Much as the band's music is so utterly indebted to the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Cream and Muddy Waters, they've just got so many damn good riffs and an easy charm to their songs. Vocalist Phil Campbell has an incredible voice too, the kind of voice that sounds like it's been drenched in cheap whiskey, but can still fly up and down the octave scale. They were on damn good form today, with 'Ain't No Telling', 'Pride' and 'Midnight Black' sounding particularly huge.
Any good between song banter?
No banter, plenty of thank yous and a big reception. Low-key and just right.
Did they put on much of a show?
Nice big banner, little bit psychedelic, but nothing crazy. It was 5pm, so there's no much you can do by way of a light show...
What was the highlight of the set?
'Ain't No Telling' in particular sounded great.
Where can I catch them next?
They’re up at T In The Park and Belladrum Festival next month and then back for a full UK tour at the tail end of the year.
hmv.com will be at Download Festival across the weekend of June 13th to June 15th, bringing you interviews and reviews.